This ANZAC Day was very important to our residents as it commemorated 100 years when World War I began. For Australians this signified the birth of the ANZAC story. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) volunteered and fought, along with New Zealand counterparts at Gallipoli, in the Middle East and the Western Front. The courage and sacrifice of these men have been widely respected and remembered on ANZAC Day ever since. This ANZAC Day, we acknowledged and reflected on the sacrifice of those men and women and those thereafter whose service in the defence and peacekeeping has contributed to the quality of life that we enjoy in Australia today. It is a time to learn about and reflect on Australia’s war time history and the nation’s contribution to international peace.
This ANZAC Day at Belvedere, we took time to remember, honour and pay our respects to all the service men and women, particularly our family and friends whose bravery will not be forgotten. The service was conducted by our Lifestyle Manager Rosalind, following the government order of service. It was an interactive service, involving the residents, staff and relatives. Belinda Burke, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics was invited to Belvedere and graced the occasion, addressing the residents at the conclusion of the service.
All residents, relatives, all staff on duty attended this meaningful event. For many residents it was very emotional as they had or their loved ones had been involved in one or both of the wars. One resident’s father landed at Gallipoli on this day 100 years ago. All present were grateful for this commemorative service which was conducted to a very high standard in a professional manner. The facility was adorned with Australian flags, posters and fresh flowers. The Anzac Day Menu included Anzac biscuits for morning tea, a BBQ lunch followed by lamingtons for afternoon tea. All relatives who attended enjoyed lunch with their loved ones in both dining rooms.
Feedback from our residents and relatives that attended was that “It was a special moment” and it was “a meaningful service which brought us all together.”